Prayers answered for destitute family

2018-10-26 06:01
PHOTO: suppliedThere was great joy as farming tools and a temporary house were donated to a poor family in Elliotdale.

PHOTO: suppliedThere was great joy as farming tools and a temporary house were donated to a poor family in Elliotdale.

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AN UMZIMKHULU businessperson, Milton Mncwabe, said he has been praying for a poor family in Elliotdale outside Mthatha to get a proper house and necessary help from the government.

On Wednesday, the family of six, which includes the elderly Mabhontilana Blaai (79), was given a temporary house by Eastern Cape Premier Phumullo Masuale. The family was also given farming tools by the Department of Agriculture and Mncwabe donated blankets to the family. “I heard the painful story of the family on a radio programme on Umhlobo Wenene FM and I asked my contacts to assist them. I drove almost eight hours to help the family with a 2 500 litre water tank and groceries, and I left money for the family to have something to eat. That was in August,” said Mncwabe, adding that he has been praying for the family to get a proper house and his prayers have been answered.

“The family was given a temporary structure and many people have pledged to help,” he said. He owns a funeral parlour in Umzimkhulu and in 2015, he helped a paralysed Kokstad man with a wheelchair.

Mabhontilana Blaai was grateful to receive the keys to his new house. “I thank God for sending people like Mncwabe, now I have a proper place to sleep. I will use the gardening tools to produce veggies to feed the family. There will be no poverty in my home,” he said.

The government has promised to build a permanent structure before the end of the year.

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